Michigan College Enrollment Climbs

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Enrollment at Michigan's 15 public universities is up slightly from last year despite higher tuition bills.

The Presidents Council says universities saw their undergraduate rolls increase by 1,600 this fall, or one percent. Enrollment among the state universities is at a little more than $223,000.

Dan Hurley of the Presidents Council attributed the increase to a bump in freshman enrollment this year and improved retention rates among universities across the state. He said tuition increases announced this fall did not affect enrollment because universities are offering more financial aid to students to offset higher tuition bills.

Tuition bills went up an average 11 percent, pushing the average annual cost of attending a state university to nearly $6,700.